Highway worker cops driving ban and fine

A CLARENCE VALLEY resident working on the Pacific Hwy upgrade has lost his right to drive on any road for three months after being convicted of driving under the influence.

Dayn Urqhart appeared in Grafton Local Court yesterday charged with a low-range drink-driving offence, and unsuccessfully applied to have the charges dismissed with no conviction.

Magistrate Robyn Denes said drink-driving was an offence that crossed all borders and should therefore be dealt with the same way. She noted the blood alcohol reading was headed toward mid-range levels.

"The trouble with trying to asses your own ability to drive is by the time you're .07 your judgement is potentially impaired which means your driving is potentially impaired," she said.

Urqhart was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for three months.

A CLARENCE Valley man has avoided disqualification over a drug-driving charge in Grafton Local Court.

Danny Lappin pleaded guilty yesterday to driving with an illicit drug in his system after he was drug-tested at East Ballina on November 5 last year.

Mr Lappin admitted to police he had smoked cannabis the night before, and yesterday told the court even officers said the THC reading recorded was small.

Magistrate Robyn Denes noted he had not been charged with driving under the influence and dismissed the offence, but placed Mr Lappin on a good behaviour bond for 12 months.

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